Hot jewellery helps thaw long winter

It has been a very long winter this year & hope springs eternal that warmer climes are due to arrive. The entry of fine jewellery though has certainly warmed things up for Clarks’ sale on Monday 23rd April. After the recently successful sale of other fine Cartier items, a local vendor has decided to move on their rather bespoke pieces including a rare Gentleman’s Panthere ring. The fine, yet heavy gauge ring, is set with onyx & tsavorite, a rare green garnet, and carries a guide of £4000-5000. Fine jewellery has always made a super long term investment, second only to classic cars.

There are four other pieces of Cartier including a ladies “Dome Sauvage” ring set with brilliant white & cinnamon diamonds of which £2800-3000 is again a mere fraction of retail. A beautiful 42mm unisex 18ct gold Chaumet watch set with diamonds & sapphire is a fine investment opportunity with a guide of £2000-£2500. A gents 18ct gold Omega Constellation watch asks £1500-1800 whilst a 19thC. Anglo Indian dress set with original box asks £300-500. Other great names litter the jewellery section including Boodles, Bulgari & Stephen Webster as well as many more general fine pieces with prices to suit all pockets.

There are several silver entries too with an ornate George III silver teapot asking £350-400 & an impressively sized sugar sifter in at £160-200. The most appealing though may prove to be an antique continental silver gilt enamelled box. Gently decorated with pastel coloured floral design it is expected to make £200-300.

There are small entries of Clarice Cliff & Moorcroft for collectors on a budget. A Clarice Cliff My Garden preserve jar asks just £40-50 whilst a Moorcroft pansy dish & cover is in at just £80-100. Studio pottery is making the news at the moment & a Michael Cardew teapot is in at £80-120 & a similar item by Svend Bayer is asking £100-150.

Of the objects a good c.1810 Regency period treen games compendium including chess set, really catches the eye at just £200-300. A Dent of London cased gimbal compass with original lamp to the side should fetch £100-150 & an Anglo Indian brass inlaid cartridge box should make £40-60. A Bergman cold painted bronze of camel & rider is in to be sold at £200-300 & an ivory chess set in at £130-150. A couple of the paintings catch the eye & a John Laslett Pott (1837-1898) signed oil on canvas in gilt frame of seated gentleman is hoped to fetch £300-500 while a small antique French oil on panel of a lady in respose asks £100-150. There are several ethnographic items with a 19thC. African receptacle featuring a crocodile supporting an urn asking £200-300 & a 19thC. aboriginal bound sawfish rostrum asking £100-200.

Entries are now sought for our May 21st sale – Antiques, Jewellery & Collectables. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm & Sat 10am-1pm.